Best of KBIS 2020 | Your Guide To This Year’s KBIS Awards + Trends

Best of KBIS 2020 | Your Guide To This Year’s KBIS Awards + Trends

If you didn’t attend KBIS 2020, you missed out on a tremendous celebration of kitchen and bath design, innovation and technology. But you’ve stumbled upon this article, which means you’re about to get the next best thing!

The NKBA presents KBIS 2020: the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase from Las Vegas.

The kitchen and bath design industry is still buzzing from this year’s KBIS in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each year, the NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) shatters expectations – and attendance records – for the kitchen and bath design industry, raising the bar of ingenuity, inventiveness and innovation to new heights.

KBIS brings together world-class design innovation, an unparalleled floor of exhibitors, tremendous entertainment and seminars with kitchen and bath design experts. 2020 was no exception, as the NKBA brought together a stellar array of designers, ideas and products to guide the kitchen and bath industry into a new decade.

From the Best of KBIS 2020 Awards to the KBISNeXT Stage to the vast exhibitor floor of the convention itself, KBIS 2020 offered more information and innovation than one person could take in alone. So let’s focus on the bullet points: what are the key takeaways from KBIS 2020?

We’ve pulled out a short list of notable award winners and trends from this year’s KBIS event – enjoy!

Key Trends + Awards From KBIS 2020

1. U By Moen Smart Faucet Wins KBIS 2020 Smart Home Technology Award

Innovation is at its finest when it’s just one step ahead of the user, offering smart and usable solutions that make practical sense in daily life. The U by Moen Smart Faucet achieves this balance, staying ahead of the curve while not “outsmarting the consumer”. Easy to use and full of invention, it’s a wonderful choice for the KBIS 2020 Smart Home Technology Award.

From the KBIS 2020 “Best of KBIS” page:

U by Moen Smart Faucet provides convenience, precision and intuitive technology to conquer daily kitchen challenges. It’s the only voice-activated faucet on the commercial market to dispense water amounts as small as one tbsp and as large as 15 gal. at a specific temp. Users can ask Amazon or Google voice assistants to start/stop water flow, activate presets and perform specific tasks like fractional measurements, temp –precise (90°) or generic (hot)– and combined requests (1 cup of 90° water).

2. hansgrohe Rainfinity Wins KBIS 2020 Impact Award

Extravagance. Relaxation. Fine design. Rainfinity by hansgrohe is an absolute marvel of bath design; a shower experience that manages to feel high-end. A massive overhead shower coupled with versatile hand shower, multiple jet types, Rainsoft micro-droplet technology, all presented in a sleek, transitional design?

All of the above, please. Rainfinity is a revolution in luxurious shower design and experience.

3. Kitchen Trend Alert: Black Appliances Gaining Popularity

If you can’t believe that black kitchen appliances are trending, think about the bigger picture. In a kitchen bathed in white – white backsplash tile, white cabinetry, etc. – black appliances immediately stand out as sleek and transitional. Black also pairs well with neutral tones and stone surfaces.

Black stainless steel appliances have been penetrating the market more heavily since the mid 2010s, but 2020 is when a larger percentage of buyers (and designers) will take the plunge.

4. Gold Fixtures in Kitchen and Bath Design

Metal is still in, and we noticed a lot of gold fixtures and features in outstanding kitchen and bath designs at KBIS 2020. From pulls to drawers to range knobs and handles, the opulence of a gold finish on these “flourishes” adds a real sense of luxury to kitchen and bath design in 2020.

Would you try gold metal for your kitchen and bath fixtures?

5. KBIS 2021 Takes Place Feb. 9-11, 2021, in Orlando, Florida.

This is all. See you there!

WATCH: Peter Salerno’s Kitchen + Bath Design Panel, KBIS 2020

WATCH: Peter Salerno’s Kitchen + Bath Design Panel, KBIS 2020

KBIS 2020 is in full swing, and we’d love to share some of the NKBA & KBIS’ exclusive footage of a panel from Day 1!

“How to Win a Design Competition” was moderated by our very own Peter Salerno, CMKBD – owner of Peter Salerno Inc. and winner of the most national kitchen and bath design awards since 2001.

Originally filmed on Day 1 of the 2020 Kitchen + Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS 2020, presented by the NKBA) in Las Vegas, the panel engages in frank, insightful banter about what makes a great awards submission, and how to increase your odds of being noticed.

From the official KBIS 2020 website:

The KBISNeXT Stage hosts design experts, celebrity hosts and young professionals, all sharing insights into the industry’s need-to-know topics to educate, inspire and connect members of the kitchen and bath industry.

This year’s programming will include more than 15 programs, including four awards events, and 50+ industry-leading voices and personalities. This year’s topic will range from health and wellness, resilient design, and business development.

This presentation, and all others on the KBISNeXT 2020 stage, was sponsored by Houzz Pro.

DJ Carey is the Editorial Director of CT Cottages & Gardens. Bob Borson, FAIA, is the Associate Principal of BOKA Powell. Kendall Ansell is Principal of Kendall Ansell Interiors.

For more information about Peter Salerno, the moderator of this exclusive KBIS 2020 panel, please visit his official website.

KBIS 2020 | Your Guide to the KBISNeXT Stage

KBIS 2020 | Your Guide to the KBISNeXT Stage

Every year, forward-thinking designers and innovators gravitate towards one feature of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase: the KBISNeXT Stage. It’s the stage on which forethought, innovation and bold ingenuity help shape the upcoming year in kitchen and bath design.

The NKBA presents KBIS 2020: the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase from Las Vegas.

The KBIS 2020 edition of the KBISNeXT Stage is certainly no exception; on the contrary, it may be the best version of KBISNeXT to date. This year’s KBISNeXT is sponsored by Houzz Pro, and features some of the elite names in kitchen design, bath design, interior design, green design and design publications.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 21st and culminating Thursday, January 23rd, the 3-day KBISNeXT Stage presentation slate covers trend forecasting, green design, improving one’s financial bottom line, awards ceremonies, panel discussions, and the NKBA “30 Under 30” – a nod to the future of the design industry.

From the official KBIS 2020 site:

The KBISNeXT Stage hosts design experts, celebrity hosts and young professionals, all sharing insights into the industry’s need-to-know topics to educate, inspire and connect members of the kitchen and bath industry.

This year’s programming will include more than 15 programs, including four awards events, and 50+ industry-leading voices and personalities. This year’s topic will range from health and wellness, resilient design, and business development.

What should you make sure to attend on the 2020 KBISNeXT Stage? To be frank, you can’t possibly take in every KBISNeXT presentation if you hope to do anything else KBIS 2020; there simply isn’t enough time. Between the massive exhibitor space, floor exhibits, DCW Technology Tour, awards presentations and specialty events, your attention will be drawn in far too many directions.

We’ve pared down the 2020 KBISNeXT Stage to 8 events that we think you’ll enjoy – and from which you’ll derive a tremendous amount of benefit. We’ve kept our list diverse and made sure to leave you ample time to browse the rest of this year’s KBIS 2020 convention in Las Vegas!

8 KBISNeXT Stage Sessions to Attend in 2020

Tuesday, January 21

  • 9:30 AM -10:00 AM: Meet the new NKBA Thirty Under 30 Class
    • Each year the NKBA recognizes the brightest young talent working in kitchen and bath design and remodeling as part of its Thirty Under 30 program. Who made the list of young innovators and tastemakers for 2020?
  • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM: How to Win a Design Competition
    • You’re not going to find better advice on how to win a design competition than from Peter Salerno, CMKBD, owner of Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2001, Peter has won more national design awards than any other North American designer, including a myriad of NKBA & KBIS awards. Peter moderates an expert panel on presentation, intrigue and “wow” factor.
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: The Dawn of a Decade – What to expect from the “Roaring 20s”
    • Kerrie Kelly leads a stellar media panel on a ‘first look design journey’ of the decade to come. Will the 2020s roar as loudly as the 1920s? Technology, wellness, sustainability and design trends will all be discussed.

Wednesday, January 22

  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Zero Waste Kitchens – Upcycle and Recycle.
    • “This panel will explore how to effectively think about recycling and upcycling building products. Winners of the NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Kitchen Recycling Awards will be invited to discuss how they work with clients to remove existing kitchens – addressing shipping, storage and recycling/reconstructing them into new homes.” (site)
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Avenues to New Revenue: A Road Map in Improving Your Bottom Line
    • How can industry members continue to make retail profitable in 2020? Moderator Nick May of the Chaise Lounge Podcast discusses brick-and-mortar, online and social media strategies.
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Best of KBIS Awards
    • LUXE Interiors + Design sponsors the prestigious Best of KBIS Awards, honoring the top new kitchen and bath design industry products of the year. Not to be missed!

Thursday, January 23

  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: How to Win at Wellness
    • Julie Jacobson, Founding Editor of CE Pro, has helped curate a list of 5 projects that promote purpose-driven wellness. How do you design a home for wellness from the ground up? You’ll find out here.
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: New Rules for Social
    • The penultimate KBISNeXT session of KBIS 2020, Leanne Wood of Flying Camel moderates a panel on the new rules for social media in 2020. From content to voice, tagging to search, this is a must-visit panel for brands struggling to invigorate their social presence.

5 Great Reasons to Attend KBIS 2020 in Las Vegas

5 Great Reasons to Attend KBIS 2020 in Las Vegas

We don’t need to tell you that KBIS is the pre-eminent home design conference and convention of the year. Each year, the NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) shatters expectations – and attendance records – for the kitchen and bath design industry, raising the bar of ingenuity, inventiveness and innovation to new heights.

The NKBA presents KBIS 2020: the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase from Las Vegas.

This year, KBIS 2020 will take place from January 21-23, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. KBIS 2020’s theme, “Where Design Is Moving”, is to be taken as a statement and an invitation – after all, KBIS is the best place to watch the design industry in motion as it rockets into the future.

You already know KBIS 2020 brings together world-class design innovation, an unparalleled floor of exhibitors, tremendous entertainment and seminars with kitchen and bath design experts. But why should you attend THIS year’s KBIS 2020? What makes this incarnation of the design conference so special?

Here are 5 spectacular reasons to attend KBIS 2020 in Las Vegas.

KBIS 2020 takes place from January 21-23, 2020, in Las Vegas.

5 Reasons to Attend KBIS 2020 in Las Vegas

1. The 1st Ever NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycling Kitchen Awards.

Ingenuity and environmentalism collide as KBIS 2020 hosts the first-ever NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycling Kitchen Awards. In October 2019, the NKBA and Renovation Angel announced the awards:

NKBA is proud to introduce the Luxury Kitchen Recycling Awards, in partnership with  Renovation Angel, a luxury kitchen recycling company, to recognize these efforts in the kitchen universe. The inaugural awards will be presented at KBIS 2020, on the KBIS NeXT Stage, Jan. 22 in Las Vegas.

The awards will acknowledge kitchen designers, architects, interior designers, showrooms and manufacturers who have rescued one or more kitchens for recycling, reuse and resale or donation.

It’s a wonderful step taken by all parties involved. The Awards will be given out January 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

2. The Stellar 2020 State of the Industry Panel.

What a lineup KBIS has compiled for the KBIS 2020 State of the Industry. The panel will be moderated by Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis and cover critical industry topics, ranging from skilled labor to tariffs to economic shifts. Joining Melissa Francis will be some of the industry’s pre-eminent voices:

  • Adam Sandow, Chairman and CEO of Sandow Media;
  • Katty Pien, CMO of LIXIL Americas;
  • Randy Warner, President of Dacor; and
  • Mikael Akerberg, Chairman and CEO of Nobilia North America.

3. The Innovative Showroom Awards.

The Innovative Showroom Awards panel features a bevy of past winners and notaries, including Peter Salerno, CMKBD (of Peter Salerno Inc.). Salerno won the award in 2015 for his Wyckoff, NJ, showroom; an award he stated was “an honor” to win. Salerno and other notable kitchen and bath designers will help judge this year’s entrants.

4. The KBIS Edit Boutique.

This invitation-only space is a boutique love letter to niche producers. Artisans, small-batch producers, exclusive luxury brands and bespoke manufacturers will display their kitchen and bath wares to the lucky few who enter the KBIS Edit Boutique.

5. The Doobie Brothers.

Yes, you read that right. What good is the work if you can’t celebrate with some play at the end? The remarkable, legendary Doobie Brothers will bring their bluesy classic rock hits to the IBS Closing Concert that rounds out KBIS 2020 on January 23rd at 5 p.m. in the Paradise Event Center.

Who is “The Face of The Ultimate Kitchen” in 2019? Exclusive Design Article

Who is “The Face of The Ultimate Kitchen” in 2019? Exclusive Design Article

It’s quite the honor to be named “The Face of the Ultimate Kitchen”. Bergen Magazine set out to bestow that honor on one designer in their 2019 Faces of Bergen edition, and we couldn’t be more confident with their selection.

“We’re about working with clients, big or small, classic or modern, creating the rare and distinctive personalized space for any budget,” explains Peter Salerno, the 2019 “Face of the Ultimate Kitchen” in Bergen Magazine.

Peter Salerno is the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Since 2000, Peter and his design team have won 35 national and international design awards from such prestigious organizations as the NKBA, KBIS, HGTV, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Signature Kitchens & Baths.

Peter Salerno Inc. represents a three generation lineage of passionate, masterful custom designers. Peter Salerno founded his eponymous business in 1997 on the shoulders of his father Rosolino’s work as a master cabinetmaker in Sicily. Alongside his wife, Tracy, and his children, Anthony and Gabrielle, Peter has revolutionized the “family business” into a world-class design firm that has installed custom kitchen and bath designs in multiple countries on multiple continents.

Peter Salerno Inc. has expanded to a gorgeous, award-winning showroom on Goffle Road in Wyckoff, New Jersey, and become a cornerstone business in Bergen County’s marketplace. While Peter’s designs have taken him around the world, he still takes great pride and pleasure in being a New Jersey-based kitchen and bath designer, with dozens of award-winning designs in homes spanning New Jersey, New York and the American Northeast.

“With an eye for the unusual, Peter searches the globe for unique materials, reclaimed objects and old timbers from barns and historic buildings,” the article in Bergen Magazine reads. Peter Salerno Inc. has become synonymous with beautiful and eclectic design materials. From reclaimed tin from a Route 66 gas station to old timbers from an historic New York City orphanage, the next great inspiration for an award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. design can truly come from nearly anywhere.

It’s a wonderful honor to be recognized as the “Face of the Ultimate Kitchen” by a forward-thinking publication like Bergen Magazine, and it’s a moniker that Peter Salerno sees as both a great compliment and a great challenge.

Pick up your copy of Bergen Magazine’s “Faces of Bergen 2019” edition!

Peter Salerno Named Presenter at KBIS 2019 Voices From The Industry Conference

Peter Salerno Named Presenter at KBIS 2019 Voices From The Industry Conference

‘Where Does Inspiration Come From?’: A Sequel to Acclaimed Miele Presentation

Peter Salerno, North America’s most award-winning custom kitchen and bath designer since 2002, will present “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” at the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. It will be a follow-up seminar to Peter’s acclaimed presentation of the same name, conducted at Miele’s Experience Center in Princeton, New Jersey in 2018.

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.
Peter Salerno (center), at his NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

As outlined in previous articles, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) is North America’s largest annual trade show, with over 31,000 attendees, 600 exhibitors, and 400 members of the press. Presented by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS 2019 is dedicated to the kitchen and bath design industry.

Education is at the forefront of what makes KBIS 2019 a superior trade show and conference. Much of that educational focus lies in the Voices From the Industry Conference. After a successful presentation at the Miele Princeton Experience Center (on behalf of the NKBA), Peter Salerno was asked to reprise it at this year’s Voices From the Industry Conference in Las Vegas.

Where Does Inspiration Come From?” revolves around pulling inspiration from the world around us – both natural and architectural/technological – and how to convert that ‘library of thoughts’ into design inspiration and application.

Peter’s original presentation was accompanied by visual examples of his design inspirations, followed by each inspiration’s final creation. One of the more stunning examples shown during the keynote speech was that of seagulls drifting through the ocean air, and how Peter Salerno turned that image into a stunning kitchen design innovation – embedded LED animation of seagulls over crashing waves, displayed in a kitchen island countertop.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Peter Salerno’s “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” joins an incredible, world-class slate of presentations at this year’s VFTI Conference (some of which we have covered). From personalized luxury to synesthesia, design inspiration to smart technology in design, the 2019 edition of the Voices From the Industry Conference may be the best to date.

For more information about Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc., visit their official website.

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference | 5 Sessions to Watch

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference | 5 Sessions to Watch

KBIS 2019 is coming to Las Vegas from February 19-21, 2019 – in other words, it’s time to start getting prepared for the biggest North American kitchen and bath industry trade show of the year!

In terms of information, nothing tops the Voices from the Industry Conference, which emanates from the KBIS convention on an annual basis. The KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference will feature 80+ world-class speakers and topics including business growth, design, management, customer service, and kitchen/bath specialty training.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From the KBIS 2019 website:

Also new for 2019, NKBA is proud to present four Professional Development courses as part of its Voices from the Industry Conference at KBIS 2019. The seminars are two hours each and offer 0.2 CEU credits and 2 Education Hours toward earning or maintaining AKBD, CKBD or CMKBD certification. The price for a one-day VFTI pass (up to four sessions) is $250 for NKBA members and $325 for non-members for advance registration; prices increase for onsite purchase of a one-day pass. Multi-day passes are also available.

With over 80 speakers representing virtually every facet of the kitchen and bath industry, KBIS 2019 attendees can’t possibly check out every presentation in the 2019 Voices from the Industry conference. So which presentations should you choose?

You should tailor your KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry schedule to your own needs, experiences and plans for the 2019 design year. But there are a few sessions that we at “Design Your Lifestyle” found particularly interesting – either in terms of the topic, the speaker, or a mixture of both.

From the can’t-miss to the intriguing, here are the 5 sessions we’ll be watching at the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference.

Personalized luxury is a key theme of the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. [photo: Peter Salerno Inc.]
Personalized luxury is a key theme of the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. [photo: Peter Salerno Inc.]

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference: 5 Sessions to Watch

1. Color and the Senses: Exploring Synesthesia + Current Color Trends

  • Who? Kathryn Grube – Owner, Functional Color Solutions, LLC
  • Where? Room N230
  • When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Synesthesia is the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body. In this context, it’s the experience of sensing color in ways other than sight. People who experience synesthesia may “smell lemons” when seeing the color yellow or hear a certain tone when seeing the color pink. Kathryn Grube will explore this phenomenon, and how it interacts with 2019’s color design trends.

Kathryn will also dive into the 2019 color palette, including Pantone’s seasonal 2019 color selections.

2. Applying Sustainability and Biophilia to Residential Design: What and Why?

  • Who? Jeannifer Ellington – Cabinetry Designer, H2 Builders
  • Where? Room N225
  • When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biophilia is the assertion that “humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life” (Wikipedia). With the trend towards sustainable materials, natural color palettes and the ‘greening’ of residential spaces, Jeannifer Ellington looks for practical applications of sustainable finishes, designs, and materials in the home.

Jeannifer will also discuss WELL Building Standards, and ways to enhance your living space to promote well-being and health.

3. Designer Health: Meeting the Demands of Luxury and Lifestyle

  • Who? Lauren Levant – Principal, Lauren Levant Interior
  • Where? Room N227
  • When? Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 9:00 am – 10:00 am

From the KBIS 2019 description:

Health is the ultimate luxury. The discerning client of the present and the future is redefining the luxury lifestyle. No longer about mere beauty, the most successful and sought after projects are now designed with health and wellbeing at the center. Premium materials with healthy finishes, responsibly sourced are becoming in greater demand, and clients are willing to pay a premium for them. Like their organic, non-GMO groceries, the homes of today’s luxury clientele need to take care of them from the inside out.

4. Modern Luxury: More Than Just a High Price Tag

  • Who? Christopher Grubb – President/Founder, Arch-Interiors Design Group
  • Where? Room N226
  • When? Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Keeping with our Wednesday theme of “the new definition of luxury”, Christopher Grubb’s presentation on modern luxury appears to be a highlight of the Voices from the Industry schedule. Christopher brings 25+ years of experience with luxury clients to this session, discussing how the term “luxury” has gone from a financial definition to an emotional one. Attendees to this seminar will learn which elements of a design project speak to this new definition of luxury, including which materials, finishes, fixtures, and other architectural and decorative details help to create a personalized sense of luxury, even for today’s most budget conscious homeowners, architects, and builders.

5. Home Hot Spots–How to Convert Emotions Into Sales

  • Who? David Brown – Partner, Hoffman York, Inc.
  • Where? Room N224
  • When? Thursday, February 21, 2019; 10:30 am – 11:30 am

From the KBIS 2019 description:

This presentation reveals the findings of an extensive $100,000 research study of over 900 consumers who were interested in either major remodeling or purchasing a home. The research identified how dealers, architects, designers, builders and remodelers and dealers can increase the salability of their projects, and elevate their reputations. The research is comprised of a number of firsts: –1st comprehensive examination of the emotional connections made with various areas of the home. –1st use of advanced research to identify how a room’s overlap between relaxation, socialization and functionality shapes attitudes. –1st in-depth understanding of how space design and corresponding amenities can increase home appeal. Better yet, the research is accompanied by turn-key design concepts developed by Visbeen architects, winners of over 40 Best In American Living Awards.